|Charles Carroll III|
Who was this man?
He was the third Charles in a line of wealthy and influential men. In the late 1600s, his grandfather was known as Charles Carroll the Settler, a descendant of Domhnall O’Carroll, the king of Eile of the ruling class in King’s County, Ireland. Years later, a branch of the Carroll family immigrated to Colonial Maryland where his father adopted the name Charles Carroll of Annapolis.
Along came Charles Carroll III, or Charley, as the family called him, on September 19, 1737. He, along with other members of his family, became involved in the formation of the United States of America.
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Charles’s father granted him a 17,000-acre tract of land he’d named Carrollton Manor. Charles never lived on it, but he became a wealthy landowner as he leased to tenant farmers.
As a Roman Catholic, Charles was banned from getting involved in politics, but he couldn’t stand by while the British tried to usurp their position in the land he now called home. He became an opposing voice of taxation as an anonymous author of articles in a newspaper, under the byline “First Citizen.” Due to his involvement in freeing the colonies from British rule, and despite the strict directive from the church, he was elected to the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and remained a delegate for two years.
When I see images of this great man, I can imagine my husband’s grandfather, Stanley Carroll, with the same features, notably his piercing eyes and distinct nose. I’m amazed at how close the founding of our country is to our family. Is it any wonder we have fiercely defended her through four generations of military service? To see our legacy, go to Blog . . . With A Giggle: Thank You For Serving!
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Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Kathleen and her husband, Jim, raised two sons while living the nomadic lifestyle for over twenty years in the Air Force. Now planted in northeast Colorado, she's a grandmother, though much too young for that. Kathleen is a longstanding member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God's peculiar people.